Food - aka A Pioneer Woman Testimonal

This post is basically about nothing but food.  What?  I'm pregnant!

First off, if you haven't made the Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork, make it.  I made it again this weekend and it was still delicious.  And be sure to serve it topped with lettuce, tomato and feta.  That's the best way to do it.  Just saying, the feta totally makes it.

Second, I bought a pack of Halloween Oreos yesterday and I've already eaten half of them.  They shouldn't allow pregnant women to buy Oreos.

Third, I've never eaten meatloaf in my life until last night.  I had 2 pounds of ground beef in the fridge and was looking for something to throw together for dinner, and stumbled upon Pioneer Woman's meatloaf recipe.  I'm kinda feeling like Ree owes me something for all this promotion she's getting lately....but I'll settle for being able to use her recipes non-stop.  Now, Jeff "doesn't like meatloaf" (I put that on quotes, because there are many many times the man says he doesn't like something and then ends up actually eating it and loving it) although when we make anything made of beef and there is a morsel left over, he shoves it in his mouth so fast he gets the hiccups.  Every.  Single.  Time.  Yet, he doesn't like meatloaf.  Confession, maybe part of deciding to make meatloaf is to prove him wrong.  How can you scarf down a left over burger without even chewing it, yet hate meatloaf?  Now, a loaf of meat sounds disgusting to me.  I worked in a kitchen at a youth camp for a few summers, and my only experience with meatloaf was there....serving 300 people....and all I remember is all of the grease and nasty.  And I hate touching raw meat.  BUT this recipe had nothing too offensive in it (no onions, which is why Jeff says he hates meatloaf) and I had lean ground beef, and Ree has never steered me wrong, so I did it. was really really good.  Jeff had not only seconds, but thirds.  And ate some more as we were putting away the left overs.  I win!  Ok, Ree wins, but I'll take a bit of that credit.  And I loved it, too!  Highly recommend, especially with mashed potatos and The Bread.  The Bread is yet another Pioneer Woman recipe (am I obsessed with her?), and it's the silliest things ever, and the most delicious thing you'll ever eat.  And I ate a lot of it last night.  Did you notice there is not a stitch of vegetable in our meal last night?  I almost steamed some green beans....almost.  But then I wouldn't have had room for all that bread!

Here's the recipe, straight from PW's website:

 My Favorite Meatloaf
  • Meatloaf:
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 4 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon
  • Sauce:
  • 1-1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • Tabasco To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together.

Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top.

Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.


Jennifer said...

Meatloaf should get a new name. I love it but it needs some major PR help.